Ninth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 22:31:34 +0100 MET)

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Morse & RTTY stations

M76

Guy Denman sends us the first reports of M76 that seems to be on every night at 1750 UTC on 3819 kHz. The transmission starts at 1750 and is repeated at 1800 UTC. There are possibly two transmissions a day.

Sample message 1:
IKX1 DE WTDP (or W0DP) QTC 66 17 = (13x5f)
3607X RRRRR 201XX NNNNN =
330 20 = 20x5f Last group 7XXXX =
263 10 = 10x5f Last group 437XX =
328 25 = 25x5f Last group 437XX =
327 9 = 9x5f Last group 37XXX =
314 21 = 21x5f Last group 37XXX AR

Sample message 2:
SLAK DE CXBL QTC 68 28 = 20x5f
RRRRR 206XX WWWWW 74153 77425 42742 562XX NNNNN =
Then repeated same messages as the day before.

See also Newsletter 10.

M51

This very active station has been logged on numerous frequencies during the past few years. The first logs appeared in July 1996. The station transmits from a location just north of Paris and is believed to be DGSE related. Info and comments are most welcome!

Frequencies logged during 1998

2553 2565 3710 3745 3822 3881 4018.5 4021 4024 4030 4035 4038 4060 4065 4622 4874 5221 5224 5245 5297.5 5329 5334.5 5407 5420 5425 5520 5746 5787 5791 5870 5898 5905 5922 6839 6888.5 6925 6940 6946 6954 6963 6974.5 6983 7390 7803 7830 7846 8043 8057 8180 9202 10566 10688 14878 18444.5

Characteristics

The duration of each message is 6 mins, 18 secs.

Each message consists of 100 5-letter groups in the following format:
NR 19 A 28 21:24:21 1997 BT + 5-letter groups

NR 19

Message number

A

Month

28

Day

21:24:21

CET

1997

Year

The month is/was probably 'free format' as the following formats have been copied. As the non-standard abbreviations only appeared in the first three months, it looks like they changed to a fixed format now.

January

1 and J

July

J

February

2 and FEB

August

A

March

MAR

September

S

April

A

October

O

May

M

November

N

June

J

December

D

The system is automated but the 'header' is sometimes handkeyed. This is probably the reason why in August also other 'months' were logged, like 'U' and 'S' which were heard several times. These must be typo's.

So far only message nrs 01-90 have been noted, while you should expect a message range from 01-99.

Remarks

Apparently M51's computer did have some difficulties when it had to switch from summer to winter time on 25 October. The following time stamps were noted during the last week of October:

Before 25 Oct.

UTC+2

Period 25-29 Oct.

UTC+3

29 Oct.

UTC+0

After 29 Oct.

UTC+1, finally back to normal

A few other interesting discoveries were made during October. On various occasions M51 was found on two parallel frequencies. And the most interesting one was the transmission of FAV22 on two parallel frequencies 6940//6963 kHz, right after M51's transmissions on the same two frequencies. This was at the same date that M51's time indicated UTC+3. The result of a computer hiccup? I think so, but I also think that there definitely is a link between the two stations. Do they belong to the same organization or do they share the same transmitting facilities? I think the latter can be true. Technical problems resulted in unreadable messages when FAV22 transmitted on both frequencies. M51 suffered from the same problem on 5787 kHz at 0730 UTC on 20 November. So I guess that they are using the same facilities. FAV22 btw, is the callsign of the French Forces in Mont-Valérien.

Here is a dump of FAV22's message:

LECON 11-2/4 VITESSE 420 CLAIR
CE SER_IT UN TRAVAIL BIEN INTERESSANT, QUI TENTERA PEUT-ETRE UN JOUR QUELQUE _ _E UNE ASPIRANT AU DOCTORAT ES LETTRES, DE RELE_ER DANS L'OEUVRE DE VALERY L'EMPLOI DES TERMES SCIENTIFIQUES. IL EST PROBABLE QU'ON LE TROVERAIT DE PLUS EN PLUS FREQUENT AU FUR ET Á MESURE QU'AL AVANCAIT DANS SA CARRIERE, CAR LE GOUT DES SCIENCES NE FIT QUE CRO_T R_EN LUI.
CQ DE FAV22 AR

See also Newsletter 10.

Unid Morse station

John Doe copied the following transmissions. Does anyone know who or what this is?

6861037295315
6862037
[missed]
6863037287515
6864037381415
6865037392915511800
6866037391415
and so on

a few minutes later
6861037267317
6862037294417
6863037287117
6864037381817510900
and so on (all on CW, quite fast).

John sez "This was on 7804.5 kHz, starting some time before 1600 UTC and ending with a string of "ar"s at about 1620. Not a "spy" station, presumably; more like these Russian stations sending "BT99 ... ", but "my" station has nothing resembling a time check. Hand sending with numerous errors, erasures and repeats, but very good sending nevertheless. I left the Rx on freq for an hour or so after sign-off, but heard no more. At 1730, a similar station on 7689 kHz, with "2861037..." etc groups, but he went off almost immediately. I have heard something like this before, but can't remember any details."

RK2 / M4W

The RTTY link between Russia (RK2) and Israel (M4W) is still alive and kicking. Seven days a week on 16129 kHz (M4W) and 16247 kHz (RK2). The Israeli station shows up at ca. 0820 UTC on 16129 kHz, Moscow starts a few minutes later. Messages are rarely seen, only RY's and ops chat.

See for a full description of the Israeli/Italian/Russia links WUN newsletter vol.1 #9 (Sept. 1995).

FAPSI - logged in October/November

Freq.

UTC

link

to

7788

1435

70004

NOB

12134

1640

70037

RAD

12182.9

1615

20043

 

13410

1250

20076

 

14352

2052

00128

KAC

14934

1010

30088

 

16060

1230

20076

 

16070

1240

20076
tx ended w/QSY 13450

 

16223

0940

40034

UXW

16251

0900

70037

RAD

16254

0810

20076

 

16302

0940

00079

 

16330

1000

00079

 

18210

1010

00149

RVV/DZR

18223

0820

20076

 

18316

1150

50080
(! not reported before)

 

18332

0750

10042

 

18410

0910

40078

 

18541

0940

70037

RAD

19415

1020

50002

CAZ

19923

2245

00126

PSN

20130

1220

00149

RVV/DZR

20332

0940

40078

 

22865

2240

00126

PSN

23130

0720

60069

 

See also Newsletter 11.


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